Verbal Autopsy with Participatory Action Research (VA-PAR): Developing a people-centred health systems research methodology

June 2015 - November 2016 (18 months)

Dr Lucia D’Ambruoso leads of programme of research supported by the Health Systems Research Initiative from the MRC, ESRC, Welcome Trust. The research addresses recent estimates that two-thirds of the world's deaths pass unrecorded, by improving systems to record and report on deaths that occur outside clinics or without registration. Through improved data, the work aims to improve the ability health systems to respond to the needs of vulnerable and excluded populations through partnership approaches with communities and researchers.

Verbal Autopsy with Participatory Action Research (VAPAR): expanding the knowledge base through partnerships for action on health equity.

April 2017 - May 2022 (60 months)

Research Award. D'Ambruoso L (PI University of Aberdeen, UK), Byass P (Co-I Umea University, Sweden), Witter S (Co-I Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh UK), Kahn K (Co-I University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Tollman S (Co-I, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), R Twine (Co-I, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), B Spies (National Dept of Health (South Africa)), M vander Merew (National Dept of Health (South Africa)). Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Wellcome Trust, Department for International Development (DFID). Health Systems Research Initiative, 2017. GBP 689,219

Growing Up and Growing Old in Aberdeen

Professor Abbott is working with Professor Claire Wallace (University of Aberdeen, School of Social Sciences) on a project linked to the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s Project. They are carrying out life history interviews with a sample of those included in the original survey looking at changes in education, health, family life, employment, housing, community relations, gender roles and social attitudes over the last 60 years.  


April 2013 - September 2016 (42 months)

Professor Abbott was deputy director of the Arab Transformations project funded by the EU 7th FP from 2012-2016. She is now working with colleagues to write the findings from the research up for publication.